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Scott Morrison retirement | Former prime minister announces he is quitting parliament


Former prime minister Scott Morrison has announced he will retire from politics at the end of February when federal parliament returns for the year.

In a statement on Facebook, Morrison said he is making the decision in order to ”take on new challenges in the global corporate sector and spend more time with my family”.

You can read his full Facebook post below.

Former prime minister Scott Morrison speaks to media.
Scott Morrison is reportedly set to quit politics in the coming weeks. (Asanka Ratnayake / Getty Images)

The former PM has been on the backbench since he led the Coalition to a landslide defeat in the 2022 election.

Morrison’s departure from parliament will force a by-election for the southern Sydney seat of Cook, which he has held since 2007.

Morrison is scheduled to release a book covering his religious faith and time as prime minister in May.

Scott Morrison’s post on Facebook:

”Just letting you know (especially everyone locally) that after more than 16 years as the Member for Cook, I have decided to leave parliament at the end of February to take on new challenges in the global corporate sector and spend more time with my family.

“I am extremely grateful to my family, friends, local community and local party members and supporters in Cook for their incredible support during this time, that has enabled me to serve my country at the highest level and make Australia a stronger, more secure and more prosperous country.

“It has been a great honour to serve as the Member for Cook and as Prime Minister. I also thank my staff and parliamentary colleagues over the years for their friendship and support, especially my Deputy Leader Josh Frydenberg and Deputy PMs Michael McCormack and Barnaby Joyce.

“I also want to wish Peter Dutton and his team all the very best and congratulate him on the great job he has done leading our Party and the Coalition since the last election. The Shire and southern Sydney is a great place to live and raise a family.

“I have always worked hard to try and keep it that way as their local member.

“By giving advance notice of my intention to leave parliament at the end of February, this will give my Party ample time to select a great new candidate who I know will do what’s best for our community and bring fresh energy and commitment to the job.

“I now look forward to continue to enjoying local life here in the Shire and my church community at Horizon with my family and friends, and as always #upupcronulla.

“I will post a formal statement in the comments below.”



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